In 1790 Thomas Saint took out a patent on a machine for sewing leather. Though he probably made only an experimental model, it was the first ever sewing machine. In 1850 Isaac Merritt Singer, whose name was to become almost synonymous with sewing machines, made his first machine. Singer combined technical ability with marketing flair, but he did not lack capable rivals. As a result the manufacture and use of sewing machines grew rapidly in North America and Europe, including Britain. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sewing machines have been part of Carol Head's life for many years. As a textile teacher (now retired) she taught boys and girls how to use and enjoy twentieth-century machines with great success.The filled bobbin is put into the shuttle so that the thread will draw off from underneath towards the little bar. ... In 1879 Singer introduced the Improved Family machine, with an oscillating shuttle, which moved through 180 degrees and back.
|Title||:||Old Sewing Machines|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 1982|